A snapshot of Spring – Alpine & Woodland – Kew Gardens, mostly

Here's another of those galleries, a tumble-jumble of images but all taken in the last week and mostly at Kew Gardens. I did pop over to RHS Wisley on Saturday for their Spring Plant Fair - and bought a selection of Martagon Lilies from Jacques Armandes International and some brightly (brave, they called them) coloured…

Plant tonics expertly explained and recommended – thank you ‘The Telegraph’ – with some home thoughts too …

Plant tonics expertly explained and recommended .... I'm very taken with this article on plant tonics that appeared in The Telegraph today - always the bastion of excellent gardening advice (regular readers to my blog will know this already and be converted as I am). Taken so much am I that here it is in…

Petersham Nurseries at the recent Grow London Garden Fair – a little video

Take a 6m by 6m space, add a rustic chestnut pergola, a wildflower meadow, fragrant roses, annuals, perennials and grasses, herbs, climbers ramblers and vines, tree ferns and a little bedding in there too - the whole contents of a cutting garden with plants for sun and shade but everything speaking of June; an Indian…

Petersham Nurseries at the Grow London Garden Fair – over now but definitely not to be forgotten….

A full planting of annuals, biennials, meadow grasses and wild flowers, bulbs, perennials, roses, climbers and ramblers, herbs and traditional bedding plants - a delicious tumble of colours and fragrances. Petersham Nurseries in miniature, with Indian carts and terracotta, rustic chestnut pergola, hoggin floor, kokedama and edible flowers. A magical garden created for the Grow…

Petersham Nurseries at Grow London Garden Fair – creating a wild and beautifully poised, intensely detailed, naturally exuberant garden – quintessentially, eccentrically Petersham and just about tamed for this eclectic modern garden show…

Thomas Broom, Rosie Bines and Amanda Brame of Petersham Nurseries, who have created this wild Eden, a distillation of Petersham Nurseries for the Grow London Garden Fair on Hampstead Heath, open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. .... as the marquee empties and lights are switched off, the garden waits for the first visitors tomorrow. I'm…

If you really do go down to the woods today… Leith Hill, composting, bluebells and birdsong

A long walk through the Surrey countryside from Westcott near Dorking, south across woodland and vale to Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey. A National Trust property now, it has a commanding view across the landscape - and from the top of the tower, you have more altitude than the viewing platform of The…

Explaining a little about fertilisers; What N:P:K means; the benefits of Organic Matter, mulches & green manure – and making your own compost tea, manure brews and the best comfrey tea (and borage is for the compost, not just for Pimms). Some steps towards Organic Gardening

We may not have a plot the size of Sissinghurst here, but we may have one of the 15 million gardens in the UK, or a piece of an allotment - or a single solitary pot. We may however, dream. Then just as we want to get started - confusion strikes. We can all be…